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Jake Arrieta Has Owned The Cardinals

Jake Arrieta makes his first trip to the mound when the Chicago Cubs take on the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium on Tuesday. Arrieta has downright dominated the Cards with the 2015 Cy Young winner posting a career 1.85 ERA while averaging 9.9 strikeouts per nine innings pitched in 13 starts against St. Louis.

SHARK BITES
  • The total has gone UNDER in 5 of the Cubs' last 7 games against the Cardinals.
  • The favored team is 5-2 SU in the last 7 games between the Cubs and Cardinals.
  • Matt Carpenter is 0-for-24 with eight strikeouts in his career against Arrieta.

Opposing Arrieta will be Adam Wainwright. The Cardinals’ one-time ace looked dreadful at times last season and ended up posting career highs in ERA and WHIP while allowing more hits than any other pitcher in the National League. If Wainwright wants to be successful this season – and maybe keep his spot in the starting rotation – he will need to fix his curveball after its effectiveness dropped drastically following an Achilles injury in 2015.

The first game in this series was a wild one that saw the Cubs score three runs in the top of the ninth only to watch Randal Grichuk record the game-winning RBI in the bottom. Grichuk was the star of that game, as the center-fielder went 2-for-4 with a home run and three RBIs. The Cubbies’ best player was catcher Willson Contreras, who posted an identical stat line to Grichuk.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

On the MLB moneyline for this betting odds matchup, St. Louis sat as 135 underdogs earlier in the day at Bovada. The over/under total was set at 7, according to MyBookie.

Odds Shark computer prediction formulas pick a 5.4-3.2 win for the Cardinals on Tuesday. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming MLB matchups here.

Chicago Cubs vs St. Louis Cardinals Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The St. Louis Cardinals sport a record of 1-0 heading into this matchup, while the Chicago Cubs sit at 0-1 on the season Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and St. Louis vs Chicago injuries news.

The MLB Power Rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the St. Louis Cardinals rated this week at No. 18 and the Chicago Cubs sitting at No. 2.

Statistical Matchup

Offensively, the game matches up St. Louis Cardinals No. 12 ranked offense (4 runs per game) against a Chicago Cubs defense and pitching staff that sits at No. 17 at 4 runs allowed per game. The St. Louis Cardinals have been averaging 11 hits per game, more than the Chicago Cubs have managed so far this season (8 hits on average).

Defensively, Chicago features the No. 5-rated defense on the road, allowing 4 runs per game. St. Louis, meanwhile, comes in at No. 11 at home, scoring 4 runs per game.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Betting Trends
  • Chi Cubs is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games
  • Chi Cubs is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games on the road
  • The total has gone OVER in 12 of Chi Cubs's last 17 games on the road
  • Chi Cubs is 5-10 ATS in its last 15 games when playing St. Louis
  • St. Louis is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of St. Louis's last 6 games
  • St. Louis is 8-17 ATS in its last 25 games at home
  • St. Louis is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Chicago at St. Louis, Wednesday, April 5th

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